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Copy of Wassaf's Tarikh-i Wassaf, created in 17th-century Safavid Iran

Wassaf or Vassaf (Persian: عبدالله ابن فضل‌الله شرف‌الدین شیرازی) Abdallah ibn Faḍlallah Sharaf al-Din Shīrāzī (fl. 1265–1328) was a 14th-century Persian historian of the Ilkhanate. Waṣṣāf, sometimes lengthened to Waṣṣāf al-Ḥaḍrat or Vassaf-e Hazrat (Persian: وصّافِ حضرت), is a title meaning "Court Panegyrist".[1][2]

A native of Shiraz, Wassaf was a tax administrator in Fars during the reigns of Ghazan Mahmud and Öljaitü.[3]

He is the author of the historical work Tārīkḣ-i Waṣṣāf, also known as Tajziyat al-amṣār wa-tazjiyat al-a'ṣār (The allocation of cities and the propulsion of epochs).

Tarik-i Wassaf[edit]

His history, Tajziyat al-amṣār wa-tazjiyat al-a'ṣār (The allocation of cities and the propulsion of epochs)[4] also called Tārīkḣ-i Waṣṣāf,[5] was conceived as a continuation of Juwayni's Tārīkḣ-i Jahāngushāy[6][7] whose account of the rise of the Mongol Empire ended in 1257.

Tārīkḣ-i Waṣṣāf consisted of an introduction and five volumes.[6] The first volume (first part) only was edited and translated by Joseph von Hammer-Purgstall, published 1855.[6][8]

Wassaf's florid style of prose is not easily followed by modern readers, and an abridged version entitled the Taḥrīr-i Tārīkḣ-i Waṣṣāf (1346/1967) has been edited by ʿAbd al-Muḥammad Āyatī.[8]


  1. ^ Huart, Cl., "Waṣṣāf", in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann.
  2. ^ Blair, Sheila S. (1986). "The Mongol Capital of Sulṭāniyya, "The Imperial"". Iran. 24: 139. JSTOR 4299771
  3. ^ A.K.S. Lambton, "Mongol Fiscal Administration in Persia" Studia Islamica, no. 64 (1987): p. 80.
  4. ^ Feldherr, Andrew et al., (2012), The Oxford History of Historical Writing: Volume 2: 400-1400, p. 269
  5. ^ Āyatī (2013), p. 149.
  6. ^ a b c Āyatī (2013), p. 150.
  7. ^ Jackson, Peter (2003). The Delhi Sultanate: A Political and Military History. Cambridge University Press. p. 49. ISBN 0521543290.
  8. ^ a b Blair (1986), p. 148 (note 5 to p. 139).
  • Āyatī, ʿAbd al-Muḥammad (2013), "30. Tārīkḣ-i Waṣṣāf", Historical Sources of the Islamic World: Selected Entries from Encyclopaedia of the World of Islam, EWI Press, pp. 149–152
  • Jackson, Peter (2009). "Mongol Khans and Religious Allegiance: The Problems Confronting a Minister-Historian in Ilkhanid Iran". Iran. 47: 109–129. JSTOR 25651467. (registration required)